Oscar De La Hoya gives the edge to Floyd Mayweather if Manny Pacquiao superfight ever happens
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (July 26, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
Oscar De La Hoya
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing. - It’s interesting to note that Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya faced both Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in the ring.

He lost to both of then – though his encounter with Mayweather on May 5, 2007 was at least competitive. So competitive in fact, that one judge scored the fight in De La Hoya’s favor.

Why De La Hoya stopped working off his jab that night, will always be a mystery.

There was no mystery in what happened to De La Hoya when he tangled with Pacquiao on December 6, 2008. Pacquiao did whatever he wanted. He outworked, outpunched, and outdid De La Hoya in every possible way. The result was eight rounds of pummeling before his corner stopped the fight

Recently, De La Hoya discussed a potential mega-fight between his vanquishers, Messrs. Mayweather and Pacquiao.

"We've worked with Mayweather now for the last six of his fights,” said De La Hoya during a recent interview with NBC Sports Network. "Great fighter, great athlete, great reflexes. I think stylistically, Mayweather has the upper hand because of the fact that he's faster and that he's more precise. Pacquiao, he's a machine. Don't get me wrong, he's a tremendous fighter. It would be a tremendous fight. But I would give the edge to Mayweather."

Mayweather, 35, looked good in defeating Miguel Cotto two months ago in Las Vegas. Though some feel he may be slowing down, this boxing scribe (who was there) doesn’t agree. Mayweather fights the way Mayweather feels like. He felt like rumbling with Cotto that night.

The result was a great night for boxing fans.

On the other hand, Pacquiao, 33, hasn’t been very impressive in his last two fights. He was lucky to get a win over Juan Manual Marquez in 2011. Las Vegas squared the books against Timothy Bradley last month, robbing Pacquiao of a decision victory. Still, there’s something missing in the Pacman.

Pacquiao used to fight with the passion of an excited child at recess.

Not anymore.

The passion is now resignation. Maybe the next time Pacquiao fights, he can enter the ring to B.B. Kings classic tune, “The Thrill is Gone.”

It’s likely against Mayweather, Pacquiao will discover his missing zeal and probably his hunger.

As Apollo Creed said to Rocky Balboa, “Eye of the tiger man…eye of the tiger.”

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